Where next for Marcus Rashford? Newcastle, Tottenham, Inter Milan or revitalised under Ten Hag?

After enduring a torrid season at Manchester United, a fresh start could be exactly what Marcus Rashford needs, and the 24-year-old would have plenty of suitors if he decided to move...

After rising through the ranks at the Red Devils, academy graduate Marcus Rashford looked to be improving season-on-season at Old Trafford.

His 2020/21 campaign was his best yet, and his 21 goals scored in all competitions had fans excited about his potential heading into last season.

However, the 24-year-old struggled with injuries and then couldn't find his way back into United's starting XI. Rashford ended the season having scored just five goals and with his confidence at an all-time low.

Dutchman Erik ten Hag will fancy himself to revitalise Rashford. However, a clean break might be the way to go, with a few clubs having already shown interest in securing his signature.

Newcastle United

Newcastle United Manager Eddie Howe

The current favourites to poach the Manchester United striker are Newcastle United, who will look to strengthen their squad with a few marquee signings this summer.

Money is no issue for the Magpies following their Saudi-backed takeover and they'll be targeting a top-half finish at the very least.

While Callum Wilson is a loved figure around Tyneside, his poor injury record cannot be overlooked. Even if fit, Wilson will need competition up front and Rashford fits the bill.

The excitement around St James' Park could be enough to help Rashford rediscover his love for the game, and he'd no doubt receive a warm welcome from Newcastle fans still buzzing from their club's strong finish to the season.

The Tyneside club would be happy to match his wages should he choose to become part of their project, and at 24 years old he still has plenty to offer in the long term.

Tottenham

Harry Kane, Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte also seems interested in adding Rashford to his squad. The Italian manager has already signed Ivan Perisic this summer, but more attacking reinforcements could yet come in.

Conte's system relies on two inside forwards complimenting a central striker, and Rashford tends to play his best football drifting in from the left flank.

Tactically it seems a match made in heaven, but whether United would be willing to sell to a direct top-four rival remains to be seen.

Rashford's signature would likely demand a hefty transfer fee and Tottenham have plenty of other positions Conte would prefer to address this summer.

If United slash their asking price then Rashford could be tempted to move to north London, especially with Champions League football on offer.

Inter Milan

Nicolo Barella

More likely, however, is Rashford following the likes of Ashley Young, Matteo Darmian, Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan.

The Italian club have been keen in the past to snap up Manchester United's wantaway stars - and it's a strategy that has often been successful for both the club and the players.

And it's not just former United stars that have thrived following a move to Italy either. England's Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori have also found their way back into Gareth Southgate's plans after impressing in Serie A.

Getting back into the national team will be one of Rashford's top priorities, and moving to Italy seems to a blueprint for success. As he looks to save his career and rediscover his form, Milan could be the perfect destination.

Barcelona

Xavi Hernandez head coach of Barcelona gives instructions during the La Liga Santander match

With Ten Hag hell-bent on signing Frenkie de Jong, Rashford could be used as a makeweight to help the Dutchman reunite with his former Ajax star.

Memphis Depay doesn't seem part of Xavi's plans at Camp Nou and the Spaniard will want a new forward in the summer. Leeds United's Raphinha has already been identified as a priority target, but Rashford could be a cheaper and more attainable option.

Negotiations over De Jong seem to have stalled, but throwing Rashford's name into the mix could help speed things up and save United some funds for further signings.

Of course it'd also come down to whether Rashford himself would fancy a move to the Spanish giants. However, there aren't many players in world football who turn down a move to Barcelona.

It'd be a swap deal that would dominate headlines, but also one that would leave both clubs involved happy with the outcome.

Juventus

Matthijs De Ligt (Juventus FC)

Another Italian club linked with Rashford is Juventus, who desperately need to replace Paulo Dybala's goals this transfer window.

The Old Lady are used to dominating domestic football in Italy, but successive fourth-placed finishes have left them needing a rebuild this summer.

Paul Pogba could be a major part of that rebuild should the Frenchman rejoin the Turin side after leaving United for free, and Rashford may join him in donning the iconic black and white for the 2022/23 campaign.

Helping the historic Italian side return to the top of Serie A is certainly a tempting proposal, and it'd help Rashford escape from the mounting pressure to perform at Manchester United.

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